If youve been keeping yourself updated about the latest news in the fashion industry, you have probably heard a lot of designers make the switch to bamboo fibre. Many of them rave about all the benefits that come with using bamboo fabric. There are even hardcore advocates that recommend end consumers to exclusively use bamboo fibre because it proves to be a more eco-friendly choice. Although there are undeniable advantages to using bamboo fibre, it also pays to learn about how it is manufactured in whether it is as environmentally friendly as advocates claim it to be.
Understanding The Manufacturing Process Of Bamboo Fabric
For starters, its important to learn that there are two ways to manufacture bamboo fibre. The first is mechanical processing. This involves crushing the woody parts of the plant and then using natural enzymes in order to break down the walls into a spomgy mass. This is to enable the natural fibers to be combed out and subsequently spun into yarn. Basically, this is the same process used to manufacture linen fabric from him or flax in an eco-friendly manner. The downside to this is that it requires more labor and is more expensive.
The other process is chemical manufacturing. Most bamboo fibre that is commercially available is made using this process. This involves using strong chemical solvents to cook the woody shoots and bamboo leaves. One of the most common chemicals used is sodium hydroxide. This chemical has been linked to a wealth of different health problems. Another chemical solvent used is carbon disulfide, which has been associated with neural disorders.
As you might imagine, the process of turning bamboo into fibre is where serious problems arise. Although bamboo is incredibly sustainable considering how fast it grows without the use of harmful pesticides, the manufacturing process can lead to a multitude of different health problems to workers and end consumers. This is something manufacturers and designers do not talk about simply because it takes away from the eco-fabric label bamboo fibre has garnered over the past few years.
Should You Still Make The Switch?
Bamboo fibre is a wonderful option as a clothing fabric, it's particularly good for making health socks. It is very similar to cotton in so many ways, and many designers consider it to be superior despite cotton remaining more popular. Although bamboo can easily be considered as more sustainable compared to cotton, vast improvements need to be implemented in the manufacturing process to make bamboo fibre a truly environment-friendly product.
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